Greater Reston Arts Center Presents Susan Hostetler Volatile at Signature at Reston Town Center

By Editorial Team on June 11, 2018
Susan Hostetler, Sunlit Bellies, 2017. Courtesy of GRACE.
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Currently on view through September 18, 2018.
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Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is pleased to announce an exhibition by DC-based artist Susan Hostetler at Greater Reston Arts Center at Signature. The exhibition will run June 8–September 18, 2018 and will feature drawings and a sculptural installation.

Greater Reston Arts Center at Signature is an innovative satellite gallery that presents a year-round schedule of exhibitions of local artists selected by GRACE’s curatorial staff. This partnership between Boston Properties, Bozzuto Management, and GRACE merges the vision of the Signature building, which is focused on creating distinctive and personal spaces for residents, and GRACE’s mission in engaging the community through excellence in contemporary visual art. Select local artists are given the opportunity to present a distinct body of work in the space off the grand lobby.

Hostetler’s latest works are inspired by avian life, flight patterns, and song bird vocalizations. Hostetler creates delicate works in a variety of media including, most recently, graphite drawings with collage on mylar. These drawings begin with hand-cut stencils of simplified bird shapes that are placed onto mylar, then colored over with graphite sticks in a variety of textures and repeating patterns of thick lines, fine scribbles, rough scratches, and washes showing the infinite nuances of gray. Moving off the flat page, Hostetler lovingly creates hand-shaped clay birds attached to acrylic posts and installs them directly on surfaces as undulating flocks. These soaring fliers showcase an uncanny coordination of flight which carries though the linear atrium space. The title of the exhibition references the early usage of volatile: (n.) as a general term referring to birds or other flying creatures and as, (adj.) characterized by quick or unexpected changes.

Hostetler received her Masters of Art in Teaching from the Corcoran School of the Arts and has exhibition widely throughout the DC Metropolitan Area. In 2013 she received the Robert Raushenberg Award for Art Education and her work can be found in several collections such as IBM, General Electric, Federal Reserve Bank, Deutchebank, and the Arts in Embassy Program, DC among others.

Signature at Reston Town Center is located at 11850 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA.